It’s ‘Bed’-time for Lions Gate

Firm buys int'l rights to Toronto fest preemer

Lions Gate Intl. has taken international rights to “The Other Side of the Bed,” a Spanish-lingo pic that preemed at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival.

Nick Meyer and Sergei Yershov, co-presidents of Lions Gate Films Intl., negotiated the deal; the company will serve as the sales agent for North America — which remains available.

Helmed by Emilio Martinez Lazaro and starring Paz Vega and Natalia Verbeke, comedy is the highest-grossing Spanish language film of the year, bringing in $5 million since its July release. Estudios Picasso/Telecino produced.

Estudios Picasso/Telecino was a co-producer with Sogecine on “Intacto,” a Lions Gate Films Intl. acquisition that made its international premiere in Critics Week at the Cannes Film Festival. Estudios Picasso is the production, acquisitions and distribution arm of Spanish free-TV powerhouse Telecinco.

Estudios head of sales and distribution Juan Carlos De Ory said, “We are confident that the picture’s theme will resonate with audiences worldwide the same way it has in Spain. We are pleased that Lions Gate Intl., with its previous success in handling creative foreign films, will be launching the project internationally.”

Meyer added, “We were charmed by the film’s originality and the charismatic young cast. It’s an exciting time in Spanish cinema, and we are pleased to be working with these innovative filmmakers.”

Lazaro’s pic “What Max Said” took top honors at the Berlin Film Festival, winning the coveted Golden Bear in 1978.

“The Other Side of the Bed” is written by David Saranno and was distributed by Buena Vista Intl. in Spain.

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